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Richmond Castle

  • Riverside Rd. Map It
  • Richmond
  • Castle/Palace/Chateau

Published 08/30/2016

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In a commanding position 100 feet over the River Swale is the 12th-century great keep of this castle, one of the three oldest stone-built castles in England and considered to be one of the finest examples of a Norman fortress. If you climb the 130 steps to the top, you are rewarded with sweeping views over the Dales. Originally built around 1071 by the first earl of Richmond to subdue the unruly inhabitants of the North, the castle retains much of its curtain wall and three chapels. There's also an even earlier, two-story structure known as Scolland's Hall, which was built in the 11th century and is believed to be the oldest great hall in England. During World War I, conscientious objectors were imprisoned in the castle, and you can still see their graffiti. A path along the river leads to the ruins of golden-stone Easby Abbey. One historical note: when Henry Tudor (son of the earl of Richmond) became Henry VII in 1485, he began calling his palace in southwest London after the site of his family seat, leading to that part of the city becoming known as Richmond.

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Riverside Rd., Richmond, DL10 4QW, England

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  • £5

Published 08/30/2016


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